The EPA estimates the average family of four produce an astounding 17 pounds of landfill trash every single day! Zero waste living means aiming to reduce that landfill-bound trash to a bare minimum.
There are 7+ billion people living on Mother Earth and reducing our waste help us live within our planet’s means by using her resources more efficiently. This new way of living doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process and one that I work at daily. You can to!
Before we dive into how to get started on your zero waste journey, it’s important to access what you use currently. This can be done by simply taking a personal audit of your trashcan. Yes, your trashcan. Track the plastic trash you generate; plastic grocery bags, to-go coffee cups (with plastic lid), soda bottles, packaged foods. Take note of the actual food waster as well. Do this for a week, then take a picture. This will give you an idea of how much plastic you use, how much food is wasted and what you need to avoid or replace.
Again, this may seem like a taunting task but like any habit, gaining awareness and making changes takes a little time but will soon become your new lifestyle. Mother Earth will thank you! Below are just a few ways to aim for zero waste in your household. There’s so much more we can add to this list but let’s start out with some basics. This is a topic that I am extremely passionate about so you’ll see several upcoming blogs about reducing, refusing, reusing and recycling to learn more!
If only ONE thing…if you committed to trying ONE thing this week to move you forward in this new way of using, this new way of thinking, this new way of healing our planet, what will it be?
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What’s your ONE thing? Let’s start the conversation below 🙂